Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Indo-Islamic Architecture

India was always a treasure trove of architectural beauties found in all the parts of the country. What had started during Indus valley civilization has continued to evolve in subsequent eras as well. Buddhist architectural style, south Indian architectural specimens and Nagara style of architecture bear testimony to the immensely impressive style of architectural variety found in different parts of the country. One of the best phases in the history of Indian architecture was medieval period that witnessed historical developments in the field of architecture. This era saw arrival of Mughals in India and wit that came several factors that completely transformed the landscape of Indian architecture. It did not overhaul the existing style of Indian architecture. It just added a layer or two and made already rich blend even more beautiful.

Muslim Style of Architecture of this period is also termed as the Indo-Islamic Architecture. This style was an aesthetic mix of Indian style and Islamic style. The combination of both parts made the final outcome magnificent. This period is divided into two parts of Mughal architecture and Delhi style. The former style derived its inspiration from Islamic architecture of central Asia whereas the later one was developed by rulers of Delhi.

Both cultures contributed in development of each other. The culmination witnessed in numerous designs across India is nothing but breath taking. The best examples of Indo-Islamic architecture are Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub Minar, Red Fort Delhi, Alai Darwaza, Taj Mahal, Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, Agra Fort, and Tughlaqabad Fort etc. With inputs from Interior designing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beauty of Indian Architecture

Indian Architecture definitely ranks as one of the best achievements of Indian civilization. The evolution of Indian architecture has taken place over the centuries. Various factors have contributed in the development of rich Indian architecture. Factors like geographical conditions and socio-economic elements have contributed tremendously in the growth and development of Indian architectural styles. The architectural specimens found in India are vast in range because of diversity found across the regions. Architecture is one of high points of rich blend of Indian civilization that includes mass of expression. Forces of history have made sure than Indian architecture has retained a semblance of continuity.

Archeologists have discovered styles of architectural specimen that are astonishing and prove that India was always a power as far as architecture is concerned. Different eras in Indian history have gifted different architectural specimens. We can look as back as Indus valley civilization where seeds of own planning were sowed. But historically speaking advent of Buddhism marked the formal arrival of Indian architecture. Numerous buildings based on amazing designs came into existence in that period. Rock cut caves at Ajantha and great Stupa at Sanchi were the foremost gifts of the Buddhist era.

Nagara style of architecture emerged in the northern India whereas central India witnessed a new period in architecture when Chandela rulers built magnificent temple compound at Khajuraho. South India almost always had Hindu rulers that paved way for south Indian style of architecture. The best examples of that period are temples at Kanchipuram and rock cut temples of Mahabalipuram. All the rulers and dynasties in south Indian contributed significantly to rich blend of Indian architecture. With inputs from Interior designer blog.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Indian Food

Indian Food like other traditional aspects of India is rich in variety. That land that represents unity in diversity offers assortment of delicious dishes. Go to any part of the country and you will find different style of foods made in entirely different way. We Indians are fond of using spices and herbs in our food. The quality and variety of cuisines varies from region to region. Numerous hotels and restaurants offering amazingly tasty foods can be found in all corners of the country. However, rice, wheat and pulses are considered as staple food inside Indian Territory. Lets take a look at traditional food found in different parts of the country.

Gujarati food is known for including vegetarian food and as far as nutritional value is concerned it scores high on that parameter. Gujaratis love to use different cooking styles and their specialty lies in offering sweet dishes. Punjabi food is very rich in terms of variety. All types of dishes are included in Punjabi foods and best part is mouth watering usage of spices in different cuisines. The most famous export of Punjabi cuisines is makke di roti and sarso ka saag.

Bengalis love to use spices in their foods. All the five major spices including seed, black cumin seed, mustard, aniseed, fenugreek seed and black cumin seed are used in balanced proportion to make Bengali food yummy. Talk about sweet or spicy flavors, Bengali foods is rich in content. Kashmiri food is a delectable mix of different cooking styles adopted over the years from Persia, central Asia and Afghanistan. Lastly south Indian foods, they are known for low calorie. Primarily rice based foods like dosa, rasam and idlis are the major ones in south Indian cuisines.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Indian Paintings

India has always been phenomenally rich in terms of art and literature. Right from the ancient times, these two classes have kept getting better. Despite all the infiltrations, attacks, change of kingdoms and what not, Indian art has continued to be shining example of amalgamation of diverse cultures. Talking about Indian arts, Indian paintings have traveled a long way in maintaining their superiority. The tradition can be traced back to ancient era with examples like Ajanta & Ellora, Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts, Jain texts, Different frescoes and schools of painting like Mughal, Deccan and Kangra.

The tradition of Indian painting has been well accentuated by ancient texts. These texts outlined fascinating color theories apart from reiterating the need of painting the doorways. Nature was the guiding force in that era and that is well manifested in cave paintings of Bagh, Ajanta and Sittanvasal. Various temples paintings can be also seen in different parts of the country.

Indian art depict themes as diverse as religion, culture, nature, kingdoms, thoughts, ideas, social condition and mythological characters among others. It’s an act of fusion that is very rich and vivid. Indian artists have always given free expression to their artistic liberty and imagination to carve out amazing pieces of art works. Different styles of Indian paintings can be categorized in;
Tanjore Paintings, Mysore Paintings, Bihar Paintings, Madhubani Paintings, Rajput Paintings, Indian folk Paintings, Warli Paintings, Kalamkari Paintings, Pattachitra Paintings, Cave Paintings of Ajanta & Ellora, Miniature Paintings, Glass Paintings, Oil Paintings.